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Cardinals Forced to Serve Youth

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 For nearly a decade Chris Carpenter has been a sinker-slinging embodiment of the Cardinals' Reclamation Rotation, a band of down-and-out starters whose careers were rejuvenated with the Redbirds under the watchful eye of former longtime pitching Dave Duncan.

On Tuesday, however, the club revealed that the 37-year-old Carpenter has suffered a recurrence of the nerve issue in his neck and pitching shoulder that sidelined him for most of the 2012 season and now jeopardizes both his '13 season and his career.

At a press conference in St. Louis, general manager Jon Mozeliak said it was "very unlikely" Carpenter would return this season and, if true, his ailment has hastened not only the end of a distinguished career for Carpenter but also has accelerated the...

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